Commonly known as Orchids, the scientifically named Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are, most often than not, colourful and fragrant.

What is little known is the fact that Orchids are also parasitic plants, especially where orchids can be found in the wild, growing off larger plants, nestled in the crooks of their hosts.

There are about 28,000 accepted species with an additional 100,000 more hybrids and cultivars cultivated by horticulturists ever since tropical species of the Orchid family were introduced for cultivation, as early as in the 19th century.

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